It’s a great time to become part of a dynamic, caring agency that addresses one of our community’s major public health epidemics: child sexual and physical abuse and exploitation. Kristi House is 23 years old and still growing to meet the needs of children in Miami-Dade County. At the Kristi House Child Advocacy Center, you’d be part of a team that is helping to heal and protect our community’s most vulnerable victims.
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Bilingual Therapist (1)
This is a unique opportunity to provide evidence-based psychotherapy to unaccompanied immigrant children residing in a residential setting. The therapist would provide intensive trauma-based therapy to children with histories of complex trauma and traumatic separation from caregivers and family. This position would include training in the leading evidence-based trauma therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with the opportunity to become nationally certified in TF-CBT. All therapeutic services would be offered on-site. Therapist will work as part of a larger multidisciplinary team to provide wrap-around services to the children. The services are provided under a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). The therapist would become part of a larger national collaborative to address the mental health needs of Unaccompanied Minors.
The Master’s level therapist would work full-time under the supervision of Kristi House Clinical Supervisor. After 60 days of employment, the therapist would be eligible for a generous employee benefits package. The position is based in north-west Miami-Dade County, and the therapist must be fully bilingual in English/Spanish to provide therapeutic services in Spanish.
- Provide intake and evaluation of children identified as needing higher level of therapeutic intervention
- Provide individual, group and/or family therapy as appropriate to clients
- Document all client/collateral and face-to-face contacts via therapy progress notes.
- On call for critical incidents and ongoing consultation.
- Maintain professional standards regarding client record keeping and confidentiality.
- Monitor clients’ clinical progress during the course of treatment via clinical assessment tools.
- Prepare treatment plans/treatment plan reviews/termination summaries and closing documents.
- Maintain contact with KH case coordinators and other agencies co-located at the Center to ensure communication among agencies involved with the family.
- Prepare for and attend weekly supervision to discuss client’s progress, therapists’ needs and administrative paperwork.
- Assess clients/families for co-occurring disorders and make referrals as needed
- Attend group supervision and case review as needed
- Minimum travel for meetings or conferences
- Perform related work as required
- Master’s Degree from an accredited university in Clinical Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, or Marriage and Family Therapy. Licensure not required.
- A minimum of 1 year Masters level experience working with traumatized children
- Bilingual in English/Spanish required
Family Advocate (2)
This is a Bachelor’s degree level, full-time, 40-hour-per-week position designed to provide family advocate services to child victims of trauma and their families based in central Miami or the South-Dade/Homestead community. Work is performed under the supervision of the Chief of Operations. Family Advocates are also expected to attend training conferences, continuing education seminars, and any community outreach events to strengthen practice and promote the Kristi House Children’s Advocacy Center and its mission.
- Meet families within their community environment to assess child’s and family members’ needs.
- Develop service plans that reflect attention to the families’ cultural and socioeconomic characteristics and link clients with appropriate services to meet their physical, academic, legal, medical and psychological needs.
- Accompany families through the process of various court systems, including Criminal Court, Dependency Court, and/or Family Court
- Assist families to obtain housing, Medicaid, insurance, Social Security, or other economic services.
- Coordinate with professionals from the Department of Children & Families, Guardian ad Litem Program, Law Enforcement, State Attorney’s Office, court personnel, other social services /therapeutic agencies, public/private schools and others as needed.
- Identify, complete and follow-up on necessary referrals for care and services.
- Act as liaison for the family between KH and other care/service providers and professionals involved in the case.
- Attend and participate in weekly multidisciplinary case staffing meetings and clinical case reviews to determine goals for service planning.
- Monitor client’s clinical progress in the Kristi House program on an ongoing basis.
- Maintain case notes regarding case coordination services that meet Medicaid requirements.
- Monitor all clinical records to assess client progress, to assure DCF and Medicaid compliance.
- Participate in peer review audits to implement and adhere to quality assurance standards.
- Perform record keeping, data collection for research and clinical record auditing functions.
- Perform related work as required.
- Bachelor’s degree in education, psychology, social work or related field required.
- One (1) year experience working with child and adolescents’ victims or related population preferred.
Project GOLD Youth Advocate (3)
Under the supervision of the Project GOLD Director and Kristi House Programs Director, the Youth Advocates position provides comprehensive services to girls 12 to 18 years old who have experience commercial sexual exploitation. The Youth Advocate’s role is to gain rapport and establish a supportive relationship with each teen client in order to effectively engage her in the program and provide needed services. Services provided by Youth Advocates include assessment, case planning, case facilitation and management, counseling, referrals, and outreach. The case manager coordinates with Florida Department of Children and Families, Kristi House programs and local agencies to provide short and long-term care necessary to meet the wide range of needs related to commercially sexually exploited adolescents.
- Provide services for girls who have been involved in CSEC, including individual counseling, crisis intervention, safety planning, advocacy, and referrals.
- Engage girls in Drop In Center programs involving enrichment, life skills development, educational support and vocation training.
- Develop each girl’s service plan, her “WILL: Winning in Life and Leadership” that reflects attention to each girls’ strengths.
- Link girls with appropriate services to meet their physical, academic, legal, medical, psychological and safety needs, accompanying them to court and to school meetings. 75%
Other duties include:
• Prepare and present cases at multidisciplinary case staffing meetings and Administrative / clinical case reviews to determine goals for service planning. 5%
• Coordinate with professionals from the Department of Children & Families, Guardian ad Litem Program, Law Enforcement, State Attorney’s Office, court personnel, other social service/therapeutic agencies, public/private schools and others as needed, acting as liaison and advocate for the youth with other care/service providers and professionals
involved in the child’s care. 5%
• Administer URICA assessment tool, and other client progress tools to help inform treatment and service plan progress.
• Participate in quarterly peer review audits to implement and adhere to quality assurance standards. 5%
• Provide documentation and statistical information of all client services and events. 5%
• Take appropriate and proactive steps to locate and recover missing clients. 5%
• Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology preferred. Degree or work experience in related field may be acceptable.
• One (1) year experience working with emotionally disturbed or high-risk adolescents or related population preferred.
• Multilingual (English/Spanish or English/Haitian Creole preferred).
Job Type: Full-time
Kristi House is an Equal Opportunity Employer. If an accommodation is needed in order to participate in the application process, please contact our Director of Operations, Dawn Thompson, at 305-547-6834 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To advise us of your interest in possible employment opportunities at Kristi House, please send a cover letter and resume to: Director of Operations, Kristi House, 1265 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136, or email it to email@example.com.
In the employment, training, promoting, or provision of service to clients, Kristi House will not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, country of national origin, language proficiency, or ability to pay. In addition, clients that are diagnosed with co-occurring disorders will not be excluded from service because of the diagnosis. Kristi House will provide reasonable accommodation to all employees and clients as specified by the mandates of the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Department of Children and Families CFOP 60-10, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. All services including communication assistance and auxiliary aids, are provided free of charge to the client.